Information technology is transforming health care for Canadians. From connecting remote communities through telehealth to fully integrated electronic health records, the path to better and safer care is unfolding for all of us. Here are some of the many examples of eHealth solutions improving care across the country.
Telehealth: Bringing care closer to home
In BC, thoracic surgeons are providing care closer to home for 30 per cent of their patients via telehealth. Here, Dr. Michael Humer, thoracic surgeon at BC Interior Health Authority, discusses the success they have found over the past eight years resulting in consultations with more than 8,000 patients in 1,700 clinics, saving six million kilometers of patient travel.
Shared Health Records: Quicker, easier access to patient information
If you can get the right information at the right time, patients are safer. That’s the message Dr. Tunji Fatoye, unit director at Seven Oaks Hospital’s Kildonan Medical Centre delivers as he discusses eChart Manitoba – a secure electronic system that gives authorized health care providers access to key patient information in a timely and secure manner.
Safer Care for Cancer Patients
With many chemotherapy drugs available for cancer patients, a computerized record becomes a valuable tool for clinicians and their patients. Here, Flay Charbonneau, Clinical Specialist, Systemic Treatment Program at Cancer Care Ontario, talks about how a computer program called OPIS is changing cancer care for the better.
My Health Matters: Information and Tools for Albertans
Canadians want to be informed and involved when it comes to their health. Patient portals, such as myhealth.alberta.ca, are providing residents with access to credible online health care information, tools and wellness tips. Karla Vermeer, Registered Nurse and Clinical Coordinator at Edmonton West Primary Care Network, discusses how Albertans will soon be able to diarize their health care management, helping them be an active part of their own care team.
Connecting the Circle of Care with PEI’s Provincial EHR
In 2006, with funding from Canada Health Infoway, PEI embarked on a project to replace four legacy systems in one hospital with a new EHR system. Now, no matter where a patient goes in PEI, their record follows them. Margaret Duffy-Landry, RN Business and Clinical Lead, Health PEI, discusses the benefits seen across the province.
Telepathology: Faster diagnosis and better access
A network of telepathology sites has changed the way health care is delivered in eastern Quebec. Dr. Bernard Têtu, Réseau Universitaire Intégré de Santé (RUIS) project manager in telepathology at Laval University, discusses how this innovation is connecting rural communities to pathologists located hundreds of kilometres away.